The Napa Valley Wine Train Might Be the Best Day Trip Ever
The 36-mile Napa Valley Wine Train through California’s wine country runs from Napa to St. Helena and back, bringing you not only a gorgeous view, but also a delicious multi-course meal and delectable wines.
Day trippers can choose from five full-day itineraries that include a lunch and winery tour: the Castle winery tour (pricing begins at $280 per person) at the Castello di Amorosa; the Ambassador winery tour ($280pp), which brings you to the oldest winery in Napa Valley; the Legacy tour ($353pp) which includes tastings at Italian family wineries Robert Mondavi, Charles Krug, and V. Sattui; the Collective tour ($353pp) that explores a sustainable winery owned by Chanel; and the Estate tour ($333pp), a tour that discovers the French winemaking traditions in California.
Half-day tours include the whimsical Raymond winery tour ($215pp) and the Grgich Hills winery tour ($215pp) that evokes a feeling of the French countryside.
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Passengers can also try one of the special packages that the Napa Valley Wine Train offers, like Romance on the Rails — a romantic night ride with a significant other ($265pp), which includes a multiple course dinner, a welcome glass of sparkling wine, two glasses of a private label wine, and a three-hour ride in the Vista Dome for the best view possible.
The Napa Valley Wine Train also offers a Murder Mystery ride ($216pp) on certain Fridays of the month, taking advantage of the train’s authentic vintage cars and decor. And the Napa Valley Wine Train has a little something for tequila lovers as well. The Tequila Train ($200pp) lets you ring in Cinco de Mayo in style with a two-hour tour of Napa Valley, a Casa Dragones welcome cocktail and shot, a tequila history lesson, music, and Mexican food.
Beer connoisseurs can also savor some of the best brews in Napa by boarding the Hop Train ($80pp) on Mondays starting June 3. This tour includes a two-hour tour, two pints of Palisades local craft beer, varieties of wine and spirits for purchase, music, and bar bites.
And it’s not just the wine that will entice you to take a ride. Dozens of chefs work diligently to prepare gourmet food and drink on board every day, bringing you the best in fine dining to pair with your vino.
Full day trips generally last between three and six hours, but times may vary based on the type of tour. A train tour is an especially scenic and entertaining getaway for any time of the year. And who doesn’t love a nice glass of wine?